The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: ESPN3. Home Record: Auburn 1-0, BC 1-0. Away Record: Auburn 1-0, BC 0-1. Neutral Record: Auburn 0-2, BC 0-2. Conference Record: Auburn 0-0, BC 0-0. Series Record: Auburn leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles try to bring an end to a three-game slide on Wednesday as they challenge the visiting Auburn Tigers in non- conference action at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles started off the 2012-13 campaign well enough with an 84-70 victory over Florida International on Nov. 11, but since then nothing has gone right for the squad. Following setbacks against Baylor and Dayton on a neutral floor last week, Boston College also suffered a 71-67 loss to the College of Charleston in the first true road game of the season during the Charleston Classic at TD Arena on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have split their first four games, defeating aforementioned Charleston for one of those triumphs on Nov. 16 by a score of 55-51. Like the Eagles, Auburn was also in action on Sunday at TD Arena, but in that case the Tigers were tackled by Dayton in a 73-63 decision.
The Tigers won the only previous meeting with BC by a score of 89-85 in Orlando back in 1985.
Although he shot just 1-of-6 behind the three-point line, Frankie Sullivan managed to produce a game-high 23 points versus the Flyers in the most recent outing but that still wasn't enough to keep Auburn from falling by double digits. Rob Chubb checked in with 11 points and Noel Johnson contributed another 10 points in a reserve role as the team shot just 4-of-16 behind the three-point line and was outscored at the charity stripe, 27-13. On a team that is scoring just 59.5 ppg at the moment, Sullivan is the lone double-digit scorer with his 20.0 ppg, stemming from 19-of-25 at the line and not so much his 5-of-21 (.238) effort on the perimeter. Because of Sullivan, the team as a whole is shooting just 27.8 percent from three-point range and that has dragged the squad's overall field goal accuracy down to only 37.8 percent as well.
Connecting on half of their 14 three-point tries in the first half, the Eagles led by five at the break against Charleston. Unfortunately, in the second half Boston College tried to replicate its effort out on the perimeter and it simply wasn't meant to be as the Eagles sank only 3-of-15 from three-point range in the period, en route to the four-point loss. With Ryan Anderson out of action because of an injury, the Eagles needed a huge effort by reserve Patrick Heckmann in order to remain close. Heckmann shot 4-of-6 from the outside in order to finish with 18 points, followed by Lonnie Jackson with 14 points, Joe Rahon 13 and Dennis Clifford 11 points in 19 minutes of action. Anderson, who is expected to return to action for today's outing, leads the Eagles in scoring with 22.7 ppg as he shoots 54.8 percent from the field. He is also the top man on the glass with 10.3 rpg. Heckmann, a 63.6 percent shooter himself, checks in with 11.8 ppg.
Considering how poorly the Tigers have been shooting the ball so far this season, as long as Anderson is up for the challenge BC should come out on top at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 74, Auburn 62
11/21 10:32:34 ET